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September 18, 2007 04:49 PM UTC

CD-2 Candidates Jockey for Big-Name Endorsements

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  • by: Colorado Pols

As the Longmont Daily Times-Call reports:

Each of the three Democratic Party candidates competing to succeed U.S. Rep. Mark Udall in Congress has been touting prominent Colorado and 2nd Congressional District Democrats backing his or her candidacy.

Lists of people endorsing Joan Fitz-Gerald, Jared Polis or Will Shafroth approach something of a “who’s who” of Democratic politicians and political activists, including a number of former and current officeholders and office-seekers.

The endorsement rolls also feature some presumably friendly intra-party family feuds.

One of land-preservation activist Shafroth’s “initial endorsers,” he said when he announced his candidacy in early May, was former Colorado Gov. Dick Lamm.

Fitz-Gerald, however, says one of her backers is Dottie Lamm, the former Colorado first lady and a onetime Democratic U.S. Senate candidate.

Fitz-Gerald’s list also includes former Gov. Roy Romer and former Lt. Gov. Gail Schoettler…

Other Polis backers include former U.S. Rep. Pat Schroeder, who long filled Denver’s congressional seat, and former state Rep. Angie Paccione of Fort Collins, who lost one bid to unseat incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave last year but is in a three-way 4th Congressional District Democratic field vying for the chance to challenge Musgrave next year.

Fitz-Gerald’s endorsers include current U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, who represents a suburban Denver-area Congressional district.

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9 thoughts on “CD-2 Candidates Jockey for Big-Name Endorsements

  1. cuz that’s a really big deal. Perhaps she can talk to him a little bit more about what not to do. . .

    The most meaningful endorsements come from people currently serving the citizens of the district in question. Hasn’t Alice Madden already gotten on board with JFG? It will be interesting to see what if anything Michael Garcia, Dianna Primavera and Claire Levy (Is it Claire?) do. Tom Plant will also be interesting.

    All that said, the biggest endorsements are the ones that aren’t so public. . . they come from people like Al Yates [read: Pat Stryker], Tim Gill, Rutt Bridges and usually Jared Polis. If JFG can get enough money in the door and enough support from outside 527’s look out.

    JP has shown that his campaign is not quite smooth and polished and WS has shown, well, he told his mom that he wants to pull out of Iraq. So there you go. One guy has more money than he knows what to do with [and so far doesn’t seem to be displaying that he will know], the other tells his mom his policy positions and JFG is quietly moving along raising more dollars and getting things done.

    1. Senator Brandon Shaffer, Represenative Claire Levy, and Rutt Bridges endorsed Fitz-Gerald.

      I couldn’t find anything on JP’s or Will’s website that listed their endorsements.

  2. I am surprised that so many people are making endorsements.  Even if JP loses the nomination he will remain important in the party because of his money. 

    I am surprised that so many people are willing to risk pissing him off by endorsing JFG, when they may need him latter.  Of course this doesn’t apply to folks that are basically retired from electoral politics.

    1. Folks around here can’t wait to endorse someone in every race. So usually it is just a matter of who asks first. It is quite common for people to regret their public endorsements, but they rarely hold back.

      The bottom line is that in the long run it makes more enemies than friends. The voters could not care less. Maybe it helps in getting work.

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